Friday the 13th just assumed new dimensions when on 13th April, 2012, at the midnight hour, ISB threw open its gates to the class of 2013. We were labelled “enthu cutlets” right at that moment. I just chuckled, enthu! Really!?! – enthu is too small a word for our class, you got to visit our Facebook page to know what levels we had reached, given our (social) networking and “gyaan” sessions, we could probably host an orientation week ourselves! But there were a good 51 weeks before we could officially do so; so 1,2,3…let’s start…O-week, bring it on!!
First thing, the O-week started on a Sunday, which was quite a heart breaker, given that people had walked into ISB after enjoying the 5-day week culture for years, but then change is the law of nature. (you do need these quotes once in a while for a morale boost!)
The week turned out to be quite contrary to popular belief. When I say “popular” belief, I mean some informal introductory sessions where attendance would NOT be mandatory and timings would strictly not be adhered to! But, trust me, the alarm clock was the best friend I made during this week and from the looks of it, it will retain its position for the next 51 weeks :-/
The week was in full flow before I could know. We were bombarded, yes, bombarded with information, left, right, center – all I saw was some information coming my way! I attended sessions of clubs whose names and functions made no sense to me, I nodded my head to things I had never heard of….oh man! Am I already in my MBA shoes?
Jokes apart, there was serious business done during the O-week. Given that, it’s a 1 year course and we won’t have a senior batch around for the year, this week became all the more important. There are so many things to ISB that I need to know – for starters, I am never able to find directions, be it to the SVs, the ACs or the REC centre…and yes, I am yet to soak in these popular campus acronyms too! For some more serious stuff, the ISB initiatives and the many club break-out sessions, the bidding points (I want to bid NOW!!) — the millions of questions I had and the answers to which I found during the O-week, or at least I came to know who to contact in times of emergencies (I am sure there’ll be plenty through the year)…yay..I am glad I networked, after all a B-school is all about networking – the very old, the over used and abused B-school line!
There were times when I felt cut off from the external world, like having no internet access, no time to speak to parents…I literally jumped out of joy when I saw a newspaper in the cafeteria and ROFLed when my section mate said he is going out to Hyderabad! Huh, we are located in Gachibowli dude!
The O-week did scare most of us, is this going to be our sleep pattern through the year? Are we going to survive on subs, where is my maggi? Will Hyderabad continue to be so hot? Will the actual case studies be longer than what we had as demo? Will I really need to be awake in all my classes to secure my CP marks? Will snakes live on campus till the day I leave? Will housekeeping really refuse to clean the mess if we go overboard? Was this week meant to answer all my questions or throw open so many more?
I am overwhelmed for sure, a bit clueless too, but glad and proud that I am in ISB, this 1 week has given me a lot to look forward to in the coming year! ISB is home for the next year and I will keep coming back to it later as well, this is a place to have an affair with! J
For now, my seat belt is fastened, I am all set, come Monday and the rollercoaster ride begins…
- Mansi Joshi (Co 2013)